Webinar: Israeli Innovation and COVID-19


via Zoom

Israeli research and health technology startups are taking up the charge against COVID-19. More than 80 Israeli companies are actively working on innovative solutions to assist health care professionals manage the pandemic. Their expertise ranges from remote monitoring, diagnostics and decision support, to protection and prevention, and addressing social and mental health aspects of the virus.

Join us for a webinar moderated by Professor George Braitberg AM, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Centre for Integrated Critical Care, together with representatives from four exciting Israeli companies working in this space.

With a focus on innovation, we will explore the evolution of cutting edge technologies during a time of a global crisis, looking at tools to enhance the 2020 global response to COVID-19 and deliver solutions that will continue to impact healthcare on the 'other side' of the curve.

Our speakers will share insights as to how they are contributing to the current reality, and how they will continue to bring change to the patient experience as we enter the ‘new normal.’




Opening greetings from Chris Cannan, Australian Ambassador to Israel.

The Israel–Victoria connection from Miriam Syber, Melbourne Biomedical Director, Israel Australia Chamber of Commerce, Victorian Government Trade Office Tel-Aviv.

Kira Radinsky, Chairwoman and CTO, Diagnostic Robotics: The medical-grade AI triage and clinical-predictions platform


Kira Radinsky is an Israeli computer scientist, inventor and entrepreneur, specializing in predictive data mining. She gained recognition after her software predicted the first in 130 years outbreak of cholera in Cuba. The prediction was made based on the pattern identified by mining of 150 years of data from various sources: in poor countries, floods within a year after a draught often follow by a cholera outbreak. The disaster-prediction software was developed together with Eric Horvitz while she was an intern at the Microsoft Research during her Ph.D. work at the Technion. While working on her Ph.D. she co-founded company, SalesPredict, based on similar ideas, but with different algorithms. It was acquired by eBay Israel in 2016, where Kira Radinsky worked as chief scientist and the director of data science during 2016–2019. Since 2019 she has been Chairwoman & Chief Technology Officer at the Diagnostic Robotics, Jerusalem, which she co-founded in 2017. She is also visiting professor at Technion teaching the applications of predictive data mining in medicine. She has co-authored over 10 patents

Awards and recognition:

  • 2016 selected as the "Woman of the Year" by the Israeli Lady Globes magazine.
  • 2015 Included into the Forbes Israel "30 under 30" young innovators and entrepreneurs list
  • 2013: Included into the MIT Technology Review’s "35 Innovators Under 35" list

Eran Ofir, CEO and Co Founder, Somatix (Safebeing): Remote Patient Monitoring, harnessing wearables, real-time gesture detection and Big Data analytics


Eran Ofir is the CEO and Co-Founder of Somatix, a real-time gesture detection platform for effective healthcare intervention, utilizing sensors built into a range of wearables to remotely detect, analyze, gain insights and act on massive volumes of body motion data. Eran has 20 years of experience in executive roles with multinational companies, where he established and led business units at Orange, AOL Mobile, Amdocs, Convergys and NCR. Over the last decade, Eran has lived and worked in Israel, South Africa, China and the US, selling software platforms, hardware, services and consulting to customers in telecom, internet, retail, utilities, financial services and healthcare sectors. Eran is a Tel-Aviv University graduate in Electrical Engineering (BSc) and Finance-Marketing MBA.

Angelica Khachaturova, Director of Global Business Development , TytoCare: Medical exams from the comfort of your home


Angelica was previously the Head of the Medical Device and Health IT department at the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute and served as an expert to the Israeli MedTech industry. After leaving the public sector, she has held senior business development, sales and marketing positions in medical start-ups.

Tyto Care transforms primary care by putting health in the hands of consumers. The company connects people to clinicians to provide optimal home examination and diagnosis solutions. Tyto Care offers a remote examination tool and telehealth platform that enables a complete examination of the heart, lungs, skin, throat, and ears, including temperature readings, anywhere and anytime. The company’s mission is to provide easy, affordable, and high-quality telehealth visits, complete with medical exams, all from the comfort of the patient’s home.

Michael Librus, CEO and Founder, Synergy3DMed: 3D printing the new standard for surgical excellence, in the design, engineering, and printing of customized 3D models and surgical instruments


Michael Librus is an Industrial Designer who specializes in 3D Printing and plastic industry, with over 20 years of experience in the field.

Synergy3DMed is making 3D printing the new standard for surgical excellence. Employing next-generation 3D color printing technologies, prototype facilities, proprietary software, and the peerless expertise of designers, engineers, programmers and consultants, Synergy3DMed is ideally positioned to make 3D printing the new standard for surgical excellence. Their expert team works with top specialists and medical centers worldwide to design, engineer, and print customized 3D models and surgical instruments.

Surgeons and medical professionals have long been aware that the “one size fits all” approach leads to poor clinical outcomes. Synergy3DMed provides the technology and expertise that puts professional patient- specific instruments, models, and implants in doctors skilled hands. With the Synergy PSKit (Personalized Surgical Kit), pre-surgical planning has never been so precise, risk reducing and with overall improved results.

Dr Amjad Abu-Rmileh, Chief Data Scientist, the Data Science Group.


Dr. Amjad Abu-Rmileh  holda a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Control Theory, and was a postdoc researcher in machine learning and computational neuroscience at Ben-Gurion University, where he focused on the design of novel ‘co-adaptive’ brain-computer interface systems and studying the interaction between the human brain and machine learning algorithms. He also worked on new signal processing approaches for brain activity decoding during sleep, flight, epilepsy, and movement.

Previously, Dr. Abu-Rmileh worked for Microsoft as a machine learning researcher and data scientist in the research group within the recommendation team, where he worked on different machine learning algorithms, recommendation systems, and deep learning architectures to provide personalized recommendations in ‘Windows Store’ and ‘Xbox’. Currently, He is the Chief data scientist at Data Science Group, leading a group of 24 data scientists.

DSG is a global AI center of excellence with expertise across all Deep Learning & Machine Learning methods. DSG Health specializes in analyzing electronical medical records, spectrometric analysis of blood plasma, imaging, clinical notes, time series analysis and signal processing such as audio recordings.

Hosted by:

  • Victorian Government Trade Office, Tel-Aviv
  • Israel Australia Chamber of Commerce
  • Centre for Integrated Critical Care, University of Melbourne
  • Office for Research, Innovation & Commercialisation, University of Melbourne
  • Department of Chancellery, Research & Enterprise, University of Melbourne